Most people, if they use an exfoliator, simply stick to exfoliating their face. These people are missing a crucial beauty trick. While the skin on your body is thinner and more sensitive than elsewhere on the body, and requires more upkeep, it all works the same way: the skin regenerates approximately every 27 days, with fresh and healthy skin cells growing from the inside-out to replace the dead cells that sit on the outermost fifth layer. Exfoliation is therefore a must if you want your entire body to have fresh, soft and healthy-looking skin.
Exfoliation brushes away the dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface of your skin. These extra cells dull your skin’s appearance and prevent your other skin care products from fully absorbing. The right exfoliant can therefore provide an important boost to the efficacy of your entire skin care regimen while making your skin look and feel younger, healthier and more full of life.
Thankfully, because the skin on your body is more robust and less temperamental than the skin on your face, finding the right body exfoliator is a much easier process. There are many different types of body exfoliators to experiment with: from physical or mechanical exfoliants like body scrubs, mitts and brushes to chemical exfoliants, which cover serums and peels.
The most important thing to remember is that over-exfoliating or exfoliating too harshly can be just as damaging as not exfoliating at all. It can strip away natural oils that safeguard your skin from harmful bacteria and other microorganisms, and even cause microscopic tears.
The brands we work with - including Elemis, Dermalogica and SkinCeuticals - have expertly formulated their products to be effective, but not damaging. Also, remember to always follow up your body exfoliator with a moisturiser to nourish those all-important and newly-revealed healthy skin cells.